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Jakarta begins trial run of Indonesia’s first metro system

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Jakarta begins trial run of Indonesia’s first metro system

Officials hope that the so-called mass rapid transit system or MRT, will reduce traffic congestion, which is infamously bad in the city of about 10 million people.

“It’s very comfortable. I feel like I’m in Singapore,’’ 35-year-old Akbar Mapaleo, who brought his wife and two young children, said.

Construction on the 16-kilometre line, funded by Japan, began in 2014 and cost 16 trillion rupiah (1.1 billion dollars).

It consists of six underground and seven elevated stations.

Until this year, Jakarta was one of the world’s few megacities without a metro line.

“Today, we start a new culture of commuting.

“The MRT alone won’t solve the problem of traffic jams, but with integration with other modes of transport, such as the rapid bus system, hopefully congestion can be reduced.

“Construction will begin this year on a second line, extending 8.6 kilometres to the city’s north,’’ he said.

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